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2014 MINI Cooper Review

Two powerful engines, nimble handling, and an intuitive interior help push the 2014 Mini Cooper into the middle third of our subcompact car rankings. Its below-average reliability rating and high ownership costs keep it from rising higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Premium cabin materials
  • Agile handling
  • Tight back seats 
  • Stiff ride at times

Rankings & Research

The 2014 MINI Cooper's #9 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Subcompact Cars category. Currently the MINI Cooper has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 12 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 MINI Cooper Overview

Is the 2014 Mini Cooper a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Mini Cooper comes in two body styles: two-door hatchback coupe and convertible. The coupe, sometimes referred to as the Mini Cooper Hardtop, was completely redesigned for 2014. It has two good engines and the go-kart handling all Minis are known for. For the most part, interior and cargo space is good thanks to the redesign. However, the Mini Cooper can’t shake the brand’s below-average reliability and high costs. Still, it qualifies as a good used subcompact car overall.

Used 2014 Mini Cooper Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop comes with a turbocharged 134-horsepower three-cylinder engine, and the Mini Cooper S hardtop has a 189-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Both are mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission is available in some models. The S trim has lively acceleration, but the base model’s engine is considered satisfactory for most driving needs. The EPA fuel economy rating for the base trim is 29 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, while the larger S trim engine makes 24/34 mpg city/highway.

The base convertible comes with a 121-horsepower four-cylinder engine. The Cooper S and John Cooper Works models have turbocharged four-cylinder engines that make 181 and 208 horsepower, respectively. All Coopers, either hardtop or convertible, are known for their nimble handling and precise steering – though the ride is a little firm on some roads.

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The 2014 Mini Cooper seats four on faux-leather seats. Some models feature sport seats with more substantial side bolstering, leather-trimmed seats with adjustable lumbar support, and heated front seats. As in most subcompacts, the rear seats are cramped, but shorter adults can still sit there. The front seats are surprisingly spacious. Outward visibility is excellent. Both rear seats have complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors, but you may have trouble fitting some car seats properly.

The 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop comes standard with a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and HD Radio. It also has some fun standard features including a climate-controlled glove box and customizable ambient lighting. Some used models will be equipped with the Mini Connected infotainment system, which features an 8.8-inch display and navigation with real-time traffic updates. Notably, the 2014 Cooper’s redesign relocated the window controls from the center stack to the doors and added easier-to-use climate switches.

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Used 2014 Mini Cooper Prices

The price of a used 2014 Mini Cooper ranges from about $14,900 for the base trim to around $18,000 for the Cooper Hardtop S trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 12 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our own opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 12 professional reviews for this 2014 Mini Cooper overview to help you make a buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Mini Cooper?

The 2014 Mini Cooper has a below-average reliability score of 2.5 out of five, according to J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Mini Cooper?

The 2014 Mini Cooper earned four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded it the top score of Good in four crash tests. 

Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward and pedestrian collision warning, a rearview camera, and parking assist, which aids in parallel parking.

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Should I Consider Another Used Mini Cooper?

The 2014 Mini Cooper was the first year of the car’s third generation, which includes the 2018 Mini Cooper. If you need more space, you may want to consider the 2015 Mini Cooper, which is available as a four-door model.

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Which Used Mini Cooper Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop comes in two trims: base and Mini Cooper S. They are distinguished by different-sized turbocharged engines. The convertible also has a base and S trim, in addition to the performance-oriented John Cooper Works model with a more powerful engine. The base model has leatherette seats, a six-speaker stereo system, and even a climate-controlled glove box. The S trim adds items like fog lights and front sport seats. The base Cooper is as well-equipped as the S trim but has a lot less power. If you seek zip, buy the S trim.

Because of the Mini Cooper’s below-average reliability, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model. Mini’s certified pre-owned program offers two levels of warranty coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage. The original new-car warranty is extended to five years or 75,000 miles for CPO vehicles with more than 300 miles but less than 36,001 miles. The original new-car warranty is extended to six years or 100,000 miles for CPO vehicles with more than 36,001 miles. Each Mini must pass an inspection to become certified pre-owned. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mini warranty page carefully.

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2014 Mini Cooper and Other Cars to Consider

The Mini Cooper Hardtop was completely redesigned for 2014, while the convertible trim was redesigned for 2016. Comparisons made here refer to the 2014 Hardtop.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mini Cooper or 2014 Fiat 500?

The 2014 Fiat 500 only makes sense if you’re looking to save money on a distinctive-looking small car. It has lower ownership costs than the three-door Mini Cooper hatchback, but its base engine feels strained on the highway and its handling lacks refinement on twisty roads. The 500’s rear visibility is also poor. Both the Fiat and the Mini have below-average reliability, but the fun-to-drive Mini Cooper is the better choice overall.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mini Cooper or 2014 Volkswagen Beetle?

Like the Mini Cooper, the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle has a retro design. The VW offers steady handling and a more powerful base engine than the Mini. The Beetle has nice cabin materials, and its interior style reflects the car’s history. The VW gets the nod over the Mini for its better reliability score and slightly roomier rear seat.

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